Summer Engineering Events in New York

Summer isn’t only for sun bathing and barbeques. KC has compiled a list of exciting, innovative, and thought-provoking engineering events that will inspire, entertain, and teach.

For Adults

  1. STEM: Connects Learning (July 30 – August 1): A collaborative conference for all teachers of engineering to “shar[e]…successful and innovative classroom practices, provide enlightening debate and constructive discussion, and advocate for the modification of existing assessments with changes that incorporate STEM connections.” The event will include keynote speakers, a panel comprised of engineering professors and educators, and poster displays, and will be hosted at Alfred State – SUNY College of Technology.

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  1. The Newtown Creek Nature Walk (Any day, dawn to dusk): This quarter-mile walkway affords close-up views of the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant. According to the NYC Department of Environmental Protection, the nature walk is a great way to “explore and learn about wastewater treatment, harbor water quality, and the history of New York City.”

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For Kids

  1. Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Summer Camp (July 31 – August 4): A summer program hosted by the SUNY New Paltz Engineering Department, run by a professor of mechanical engineering and SUNY New Paltz Mechanical Engineering students. The camp “explores the three disciplines of Electrical, Computer, and Mechanical Engineering, and the unique integration of art.” The program is offered to high school girls to help spark an interest in the STEM fields.

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  1. The New York Academy of Sciences STEM Camp (August 14 – 25): This camp, hosted in New York City, is designed for children entering 5th through 8th grades, and will explore core STEM principles and coding to create video games. The camp also offers trips to university labs and meet and greets with STEM professionals. The two-week long camp aims to foster leadership, collaboration, and problem-solving skills.

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For Everyone

  1. City of Water Day (July 15, 10AM – 4PM): Hosted by the Waterfront Alliance, this free event celebrates New York and New Jersey’s waterfronts. The event raises awareness about and money for the Waterfront Alliance, a non-profit organization that “works to influence the development and use of the waterfront, shoreline, and connected upland areas of northern New Jersey and New York City.” Donations will help protect, transform, and revitalize New York and New Jersey’s harbors and waterfronts. The celebration, which will include kayak races, activity tables, and live music, will occur at Governors Island.

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  1. The Design Lab at the New York Hall of Science (Monday to Friday, 9:30AM – 5PM; Saturday to Sunday, 10AM – 6PM): The Design Lab is an interactive exhibit at the New York Hall of Science, in Corona, New York, that allows visitors to utilize everyday materials, such as sand, wood, and rubber bands, to sharpen skills of experimentation, critical thinking, and collaboration. According to the Hall of Science, “One of the goals of Design Lab is to ensure that…[students] can transfer concepts related to design and engineering from NYSCI back into the classroom.”

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